Any individual who has been around a canine for long knows they can comprehend human dialect and that they keep a close eye on us - particularly when sustenance is included.
However, another study indicates they have an entire level of complex memory that is never been demonstrated to exist in creatures other than people.
"The results of our study can be considered as a further step to break down artificially erected barriers between non-human animals and humans," Claudia Fugazza of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, said in a statement.
"Dogs are among the few species that people consider 'clever', and yet we are still surprised whenever a study reveals that dogs and their owners may share some mental abilities despite our distant evolutionary relationship."
The group was searching for proof of wordy memory - which is an organized memory of occasions, for the most part connected with mindfulness.
It took some dubious preparing to ensure the pooches weren't simply attempting to please.
"Dogs were first trained to imitate human actions on command," Fugazza's team wrote in their report, published in Current Biology.
At that point they were prepared to just rest after any attempt. The thought was to trap the puppies into overlooking that they had been prepared to impersonate the mentor.
"These findings show that dogs recall past events as complex as human actions."
"We then tested whether dogs recalled the demonstrated actions by unexpectedly giving them the command to imitate, instead of lying down."
So for example, a mentor would tap an open umbrella, then take the puppy behind a screen for some time, give back the pooch to the room, where it would rests. At that point the coach would give the sudden summon "Do it."
Many, however not the greater part of the mutts would rehash the activity - strolling up to the umbrella and tapping it with a paw. There's a video of one examination here.
Despite the fact that the puppies couldn't have been expecting that they would be requested that emulate a mentor's activities, they could. The activities were odd, for example, hitting an umbrella or strolling around a container, so the canines needed to have recollected what the general population did, the analysts said.
"These findings show that dogs recall past events as complex as human actions even if they do not expect the memory test, providing evidence for episodic-like memory," the team concluded.